The Programme 2019 - Additional Call
The Hydro Nation Scholars Programme is an open competition for project topics and then for PhD Scholars to undertake approved projects, hosted within Scottish Universities and Research Institutes. The areas of interest are set out below.
Full funding is available from the Scottish Government (to host institutions via the Scottish Funding Council) for up to 7 PhD scholarships. Two of these may be awarded to “overseas” Scholars. Home and overseas Scholars are defined according to a Scholar’s status for University admissions. The funding available will be in line with the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) doctoral stipend levels and indicative fees. Currently these are:
- National Minimum Doctoral Stipend for 2018/19 is £14,777
- Research Councils UK Indicative Fee Level for 2018/19 is £4,260
- Overseas Indicative Fee Level is £21,000
Supervisors will be allocated £2,500 per annum for Travel and Subsistence and all fees and stipend will be covered. Exceptional costs, for example, additional research costs, travel costs and placement costs during the scholarship will be negotiated with the HNSEG.
Scholars will be funded for 4 years. The scholarship may involve periods of research at a water related institution, such as Scottish Water, the Scottish Government, SEPA, or industry. The HNSEG will liaise between the applicant and the water organisation to develop this link, following appointment of the Scholar. Please do not contact a placement partner before application.
Call for project Proposals
- The call for project proposals, based on advertised topics is made in July/August of the current year
- There is a strict limit of one application per academic as a primary supervisor and one as a second supervisor
- Projects proposals must be submitted to the HNSP Secretariat Laura Logie (firstname.lastname@example.org) on the project proposal form link below.
- Prospective PhD Scholars are encouraged to submit project proposals (Scholar-led proposals), which will be reviewed alongside academic-led proposals
- The proposal must show that the project is rational, feasible, innovative and relevant to the Hydro Nation strategy
- Project proposals will be reviewed and selected by a panel chaired by the HNSEG and includes policy stakeholders from Scottish Water, SEPA, WICS and SNH. Proposers will be notified of the outcome October 2018
- Due to the lack of projects recieved for two of our "Topics of Interest" on the first call, we have decided to give a second oppurtunity to academics who are interested in the topics below to apply. The deadline for the submission of project proposals for the second 2019 call is the 14th November 2018
Topics of interest for 2019 are:
Innovative Monitoring and Financial Approaches for the Improved Maintenance of Water Infrastructure Assets:
Ask: Proposals are sought to explore how regulated companies’ information on asset condition and asset lives can be improved and monitored. Recommendations on lessons learned from asset intensive industries in other jurisdictions would be welcome. Proposals are invited to explore how capital maintenance could be funded over the long-term and what financial mechanisms could be adopted within the regulatory framework to ensure sustainability and intergenerational equity whilst ensuring companies are investing money efficiently and are operating under a hard budget constraint.
Water Management in the Food and Drink Industry: